Never thought you’d see the day when gay marriage was legal in Arkansas, did you?
That’s exactly what happened on Friday, when a circuit court judge in Little Rock stuck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, calling it unconstitutional. The ruling referenced a 2004 amendment to the state constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman; it also applied to a 1997 state law outright banning gay marriage.
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“I think everyone should be with who they love. I don’t want to be controversial or stir up a bunch of trouble but people are going to love who they are going to love. I think gay couples should be allowed to marry. They should suffer just like us heterosexuals. Ha ha ha!”
Oh Dolly Parton, how much do I love thee? So so much. The country superstar told the UK’s Event magazine that while she didn’t know any gay people growing up as a member of a large Pentecostal family in rural Tennessee, she does know of gay family members who will never come out. A shame, as Dolly totally supports gay marriage and would be an amazing gay wedding entertainment, no? [Daily Mail UK] [Photo: Getty Images]
Something I hate? When people use someone’s age as an excuse for their intolerance. “He/she’s old, what did you expect?” is something I’ve heard more than a few times in regards to some old person’s hateful rant, as if their racism or homophobia is the same as their fondness for polyester and Dean Martin records. But being “from another generation” shouldn’t be an excuse for, say, 80-year-old men like Donald Sterling, the owner (for now) of the Los Angeles Clippers, who was just banned by the NBA for his own racist rant. Especially when there are 80-year-old men like Frank, above, who got matching marriage equality tattoos with his grandson Joe, who is gay, as a show of support. “This is nothing compared to what my grandson went through when he first came out,” says Grandpa Frank in the video above. What a great grandfather and person. [Buzzfeed]
After the recent news that Arizona could possibly be making a law that would make it legal to refuse service to gays, you might think that our country hasn’t made much progress on the gay rights front. But thankfully, a new poll is happy to report the opposite. Read more on Your Tango…
After 27 seasons of almost painful heterosexuality, we were not optimistic that either “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette” would introduce a gay or lesbian contestant. I mean, it took them this long to finally have a Latino “Bachelor.” And in an interview this weekend with The New York Times Magazine, longtime host Chris Harrison pretty much confirmed that any diversity in the casting department is a big HELL TO THE NO. Keep reading »